Taisha is the author of today’s entry:
Dicranella heteromalla is a member of the Dicranaceae. This common moss species is found at low to high altitudes across North America, Europe, eastern Asia, and northeast Africa as well as sporadically in South America, Central America and some Atlantic Islands. It tends to grow in shaded, disturbed areas with acidic soil.
This dioicous species grows 10-40mm in height in yellow to dark-green shiny tufts. Like all plants, there is an alternation of generations life cycle. Bryophytes are gametophyte-dominant (the main photosynthetic phase), and the cushiony form bears the nutritionally-dependent sporophyte. To learn more, see UBC Professor of Teaching Shona Ellis‘s short video on the life cycle of mosses.